Friday, April 29, 2016

Party Snack Ideas - Tinkerbell Cupcakes

Having a Tinkerbell themed party and looking for snack ideas for your guests? These Tinkerbell cupcakes look and taste great, and they even double as giveaways for your party guests.

What you'll need:

  • Spatula
  • Drinking straw
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Saran wrap
  • Disposable piping bag & leaf piping tip (for frosting)
  • Wilton Color Mist Food Spray (Elise uses gold for her cupcakes)
  • Your favorite cupcake mix (twice as much as you'd need to make cupcakes for each of your guests, since each will need 2 cupcakes)
  • Buttercream frosting (use your favorite recipe, or use Elise's recipe)
  • Tinkerbell and Fairy Friends dolls (check eBay or your local dollar store or Target for great deals)
  • Cupcake wrappers (print your own Tinkerbell themed ones here)

And here's the full tutorial from My Cupcake Addiction:

If you're feeling especially adventurous, you can also make this amazing Tinkerbell pinata cake: 

Full tutorial (also from My Cupcake Addiction) here

Have fun, and happy snacking!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Party Ideas - Thomas and Friends Cardboard Photo Booth

Create a unique photo booth for your upcoming Train themed party, using nothing but a few large boxes, some tape, paint, some balloons, and a little time. You little Engineer will love posing for photos with their friends in this just-for-them-sized train.

Make just the engine car, or grab a couple extra boxes and make passenger cars, too!

What you'll need:
  • 2 - 3 extra-large cardboard boxes (large appliance boxes are best)
  • 2 - 3 smaller boxes (optional if you're making passenger cars, too)
  • Duct tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Black poster board
  • Craft paint in assorted color
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Three small black paper or plastic plates for each car (you can also just cut these out of some extra cardboard)
  • Red and blue wrapping paper
  • White balloons (optional)
  • Thomas face printable

Here's the step-by-step instructions from PBS Parents.

Make a free-standing photo booth:

Or, you can even attach the boxes to a kids' wagon, and make a ride-on!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Party Craft Ideas: Death Star Piñata

Your guests will love this Death Star piñata, and it's so quick and easy to make, you and your little Jedi-in-training can even make it together. Invite one of our amazing Jedi entertainers to your party to teach the kids how to find the Force within themselves. Our Jedi can twist balloon light sabers for each of the guests and do light saber training, then watch your little Padawans unleash their awesome new Jedi skills to destroy the Death Star!

What you'll need:
  • Big round balllon
  • Fatty cream
  • Torn paper strips
  • Bowl of water
  • Mixture of white glue & water (2:1)
  • Water based paint
  • Grey fast dry spray paint
  • Acrylic paints (white, dark grey, and black)
  • Thin brush for detail work
  • Rope or twine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Compasses
  • Craft knife
  • Candy or prizes for inside

Here's the full tutorial from Troom Troom:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fire Pixie on Yelp

Do you Yelp? We sure do! If you're having trouble choosing an entertainer for your party, Yelp is a wonderful resource. We have so many entertainers to choose from, and it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. On Yelp, you can see reviews from party hosts, as well as pictures of our entertainers in action. You can even request a personalized quote right from our Yelp page.

Here are a couple recent reviews we've gotten:

If you've had one of our entertainers at a party recently, we'd LOVE if you could take a moment and give us a review. It's always so good to get feedback right from you. :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Party Snack Ideas: Crabby Marshmallow Pops!

These easy to make marshmallow crab snacks from Jessica at Sew Homegrown are absolutely adorable, and perfect for any Little Mermaid, Pirate, Hula, or Under the Sea themed party!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Small Red Gummy Candy (Jessica used Welch's Strawberry Gummies)
  • Vanilla Candy Melting Wafers
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Non-stick Aluminum Foil
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Brown Sugar (for display)

Display your crabs in a pretty glass dish with a brown sugar "sand" base, and voilà:

Here's the full step-by-step instructions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fantasy Photo Shoot with Alixandra Art & Photography!

Last month, Erin and Marina loaded up the Royal Coach and headed out to Forest of Nisene Marks State Park for a fantasy photo shoot with the incomparable Alixandra Mullins.

Alixandra is an internationally published award winning artist and photographer who - using combinations of photography, compositing and traditional artist tools - specializes in creating unique, custom fine art portraits with stylized, whimsical shoots for a cherished piece of art that will decorate your family home for a lifetime. She does amazing family and newborn portraiture, and for the little Prince or Princess in your life, she offers a very rare gift indeed: the opportunity to be the star of their very own customized, 20 page, fully illustrated keepsake Fairytale Storybook!

Here are just a few of the amazing pictures from that day:

Marina as Little Red Riding Hood

Erin as the Blue Fairy

 Marina as Rapunzel

Erin as the Purple Fairy

Visit Alix on the web to learn more about her and her wonderful work, and book your very own shoot. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you Alix, for asking us to be a part of this magical project! We had so much fun working with you, and can't wait to see the rest of these amazing images!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Party Ideas: Make Your Own Lightsabers

Having a Star Wars themed party, but don't want to break the bank (or anything else) with plastic lightsabers? 

Why not make each of your young Padawans their very own Pool Noodle Lightsaber? Or better yet, help them make their own! These are inexpensive and super fun and easy to make, with very little setup or cleanup (bonus!). 

Even the littlest Jedi-In-Training will be able to make his very own lightsaber, and unlike the balloon version that can pop or deflate after too many battles, these will be something they'll be able to take home with them, and enjoy for a good long time. Our Jedi entertainers can even use them to teach your guests all kinds of fancy lightsaber moves and become Jedi themselves!

What you'll need: 

  • Pool Noodles (each will make two standard light sabers, or one Doublesaber, for any Sith Lords in attendance)
  • Duct tape 
  • Black electrical tape
  • Red tape (optional)
  • Scissors

Make them as detailed or as simple as you like! 

Here's a great step-by-step tutorial from Kids Activities Blog to get you going. 

Have fun, and may the Force be with you!